ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 10-year-old Clovis girl is representing New Mexico in the National Spelling Bee this week.
Ariel Kokoricha is a fifth grader at Clovis Christian School.
She beat 39 other spellers to win a four-hour competition at Sandia Prep on May 18.
Ariel flew with her family Saturday to Washington, D.C., for the two-day National Spelling Bee that begins Wednesday.
To get ready to compete against 280 other spellers, Ariel uses a dictionary app on her iPad, an audio pronunciation guide, an online study tool and a spreadsheet she created.
For the first time this year, participants have to know not only the spelling but the definition of the word.
The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/16ZcfCk) says Ariel began spelling competitions when she was 8 and has already competed in 10 events.